Seminar – Hyoung-gon Lee, Ph.D.

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December 13, 2023 at 12 Noon



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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

12:00pm – 209L

Hyoung-gon Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology
The University of Texas at San Antonio



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About the Speaker(s)

Hyoung-gon Lee is the John H. Doran Distinguished Professor in Peripheral Neuropathy at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Lee's research is focused mainly on the understanding of the pathological mechanism(s) underlying the selective neurodegeneration in neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and peripheral neuropathy. Multiple molecular mechanisms identified from previous research in the lab which would lead to the development of effective therapy.

This generous support allows me studying on challenging research topics to reveal a novel mechanism of neurodegeneration.

Hyoung-gon Lee, Ph.D.
Lee's current Alzheimer's work suggests that there may be a new way forward in preventing and treating the illness. The neurons, once damaged by the disease, are unable to heal themselves. This is one of the reasons why Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases have such disastrous effects on the health of the human brain. Lee's recent research, however, suggests that the neurons in an Alzheimer's brain attempt to divide before they die through the mechanism of cell cycle re-entry. He's now working to understand why. Interestingly, this pathological cell cycle re-entry mechanism is not limited to Alzheimer's disease but is likely the fundamental neurodegenerative mechanism in various neurological disorders including peripheral neuropathy.

Lee's lab has recently developed the transgenic mice models to study the role of aberrant cell cycle re-entry in neurodegeneration and current research focuses on how cell cycle re-entry causes neurodegeneration in these animal models.